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Sandi Vidal
Sandi Vidal is the Executive Vice President and Director of Collective Impact for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Sandi has over 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience and over 20 years of Business Management. She is a graduate of the University of Miami school of Business. Sandi has a passion for public speaking, advocating for solutions to homelessness, hunger and poverty, and teaching people how to be successful with their job search. She is married with 3 teenagers and 3 cats. She is also a local Jefferson Award winner for volunteerism.

Entries by Sandi Vidal

Homelessness Ends With Housing

(4) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:08 PM


Family on the streets of Orlando, Florida

I was talking at the dinner table with some family members about my recent move to the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. My brother-in-law piped up and said very simply, "You know what the solution to...

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Thinking About a Career in Public Relations?

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 4:14 PM

2015-01-30-image.jpeg Adrianna Vidal, future PR Professional

Public relations is an ever-changing and developing field in communications. From the integration of social media to the well-defined practice of press releases, public relations is becoming an appealing field of study for students. For students looking...

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State of the Nonprofit Sector

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:04 PM

For those of us who work in the nonprofit sector, the news by the Nonprofit Finance Fund that even after the "end" of the recession the demand for services continues to rise is not surprising. Housing and job availability top the list of needs for people who are requesting services....

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Over 40, and Not Washed Up Yet

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:44 PM


Author Sandi Vidal, and Royce Gomez visiting the University of 25 years later

Several years ago CBS, Sunday Morning used Christian HELP's job fair as a backdrop for a story they were doing on people over 50, the "new unemployables."...

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Look at the Ends of the Bell Curve for the Real Unemployment Story

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 11:38 AM

I was in a meeting the other day with several leaders including the president of one of our local state colleges and we were discussing employment, poverty, and the working poor. As we were discussing the situation, he pointed out that it was important for us to look at the...

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Finding Your Passion

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 8:41 PM

I am so excited to be presenting at one of our local Central Florida Chambers next month on finding your passion through community involvement. I am one of those really intense passionate people who shies away from small talk and would much rather find ways to change the world. My...

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The Need Is High and the Funds Are Low

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:57 PM

The headlines all over are talking about the sequester and its impact on programs nationwide. Cuts are happening that will cause job loss, slowdowns, and bigger burdens for families. In tough times, nonprofits and faith-based organizations are tasked with providing help and relief for people who are in need of...

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Cutting Programs to the Poor Hurts Those at Highest Risk

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Advisors for Families in Transition in Seminole County Florida. This is the agency created through the McKinney Vento Act to provide support to homeless school children. This year we are serving 2026 children at last count who have...

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Workforce Education Should Start in Kindergarten

(12) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:04 PM

The ability to innovate takes the ability to dream. When we are five years old, we know what we want to be when we grow up. When we are 45, many of us have lost our way. How many people just fall into jobs because the one they planned to...

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This Isn't Your 2005 Job Search

(2) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 5:18 PM

As I sat at a meeting with over 40 recruiters and listened around the room as they shared their pet peeves about the application and interview process with job seekers, two things occurred to me; one, in 2005 these same recruiters would have probably had lower standards because employees were...

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